Just skies…. and their stories

I’ve cheated with the colour of the first, but I like this version better. It dates back a couple of years, so you might have seen it before. The occasion was a barbecue on the patio of some very good friends, who arrive back in the Algarve this week. I’m smiling as I type this. They are wonderful hosts and I remember sitting and gazing at the mackerel sky, almost certainly with glass in hand. There may even have been a song or two involved. Funny how some days stick in your memory.

No cheating at all with the second, though you might think that sunset is surreal. I remember it most vividly because it was the last time I saw my daughter. We dropped her off at the airport last October, as the sky flamed all around us. The second week in February is always special to her. A wedding anniversary and birthday within two days of each other, and Valentine’s Day close on their heels. Wishing her the happiest of weeks!

What is there to say about number three? My mother was a superb knitter. So many of Lisa’s baby clothes came from her hands. Feather and fan was a style used for matinee coats and bonnets, not to mention cardigans and jumpers. For some reason this sky, over lovely Barril beach, reminds me of it.

There’s something about a silver sea, and I have countless shots of them. This particular one was taken at Quarteira, strolling along the promenade there. A shaft of light burst through the cloud laden sky, flooding the water with luminosity.

Do you have a favourite? Impossible for me to separate them from the memories.

88 thoughts on “Just skies…. and their stories

  1. I feel so privileged to share in these 4 memories tied to these stunning images.
    I wouldn’t think of #1 as cheating – perhaps as enhancement ๐Ÿ™‚
    My favourite image is #3 – there is something about the colours, textures.

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  2. Absolutely loved the back-stories Jo – they made each of your images more meaningful in addition to their being beautiful. My favorite is both the image and the story with number 3. It’s a beautiful image and such a lovely memory.

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  3. You always have amazing captures wherever you go, Jo. It’s as if the Universe is always smiling down upon you. I like how you shared with us a bit about what was going on in your life at that time of the photos. I really like the second and third photos as I love vivid colours in the sky. Hope you are enjoying February and all the celebrations and moments in your family ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Sounds idyllic Jo in spite of the moody skies- always so lovely to be out in nature and then enjoy a nice meal afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚ Funnily enough I have just prepared my latest blog post entitled “Moody Blues and Greys”! Just got to do the final edit this afternoon then I’ll publish. The weather went all haywire here hence my post – we had excessive heat then it broke with a roaring south westerly finally getting in last Sunday. It was like a winter’s evening down by the sea but it was so invigorating after the heat! Today is warmer but pleasant I’m happy with 30 degrees after 40!

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  4. What gorgeous photos, and exquisite skies, Jo. I love the stories you’ve added in recollection of the moment you took them! I love the sunset photo, in particular. I don’t think you can top that sky! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Could not pick a favorite. (favourite?) I’m a sucker for great skies with clouds and/or colo(u)r!!! Aren’t photos great for putting you back in some memorable times?

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  6. Lovely photos, Jo. Two and three are standouts for me. One of the things I love about photography is the memories associated with each and every photo, sometimes something still clearly remembered, sometimes something entirely forgotten until seeing the photo again.

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  7. They are each beautiful in their own way and when you share the memories they each bring you, it’s impossible to pick a favourite. I do like the orange- pink colors in the second picture. God is an artist, alright๐Ÿ™‚. Thank you, Jo, for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful images Jo, all of which evoke some lovely memories for you. Youโ€™re right, itโ€™s funny how some days stick in our memories. They could be the simplest things too, though often they are those moments filled with joy. Keep enjoying! ๐Ÿ’•

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  9. Love all of these but I have to say, the contrast between the sand and the sky in shot #3 is incredible. Hope you have a wonderful time reconnecting with you friends!

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  10. As a photo I like the last one the best. The curve of the beach, the silvery reflections in the sea. But I also loved your memories of your mother’s knitting and those it prompted of my own mother’s skills, following the most intricate of patterns with ease!

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    • Mam watched endless hours of snooker on TV with those needles clicking away, Sarah. But she couldn’t watch tennis and knit. She got too excited cheering for her favourite. Must be where I got my love of tennis because I never played.

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  11. My favorite is hearing about your mother knitting the baby clothes and about your daughterโ€™s celebrations. The intense skies heighten the emotions felt, as I read your words.

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  12. I love the 2nd and third the best, because of the colors, and because they’re all tied up with memories of Lisa and your mother and how she made Lisa’s clothes. Wish Lisa wonderful things for this week, with Valentine’s Day, her birthday and wedding anniversary. It seems February is a month of love for her!

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  13. Nature is a painter and the skies are its canvas – but we never know what we are going to get. In general, I have a tendency to favor skies before and after sunset. The various colors with just enough clouds are moments of awe. Who doesn’t enjoy a blue sky with light wispy clouds? Sometimes, a cloudy day can deliver – especially is a storm is approaching. Well done, Jo!

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  14. Just skies, yet each of them so beautiful and inviting. Is there anything more peaceful than taking in the quiet beauty of the setting sun? Therefore I love your second photo and the vibrant colours of it! While sunsets are a literal end to a day, they’ve also become symbols of peace, harmony, and the promise of renewal. Thanks for sharing and have a good day ๐Ÿ™‚ Aiva xx

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  15. Jo, such wonderful and descriptive memories for each of your stunning sky photos. I’m touched by yoru mother’s feather and fan motifs for knitwear for your daughter, the party sounds a blast and aww … what a sunset as your daughter flew home in October. The silver sea photo almost looks surreal and rather haunting. My favourite is the whispy clouds on the beautiful blue … reminds me of the sky by the sea in Sweden and so many memories there! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

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  16. Just skies – but what skies. In your case, Jo, how lovely to have them associated with stories. I think I have 3 skies that have memories attached and they are all sunsets, no, I lie, one is a sunrise and features a friend sitting on a balcony overlooking the sea and in tears because she’d never been in such a beautiful place. It was her first holiday in nearly 20 years and she was overcome by the experience. Today we have blue skies again, but no clouds to give interest.

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    • Looking back at photos, Mari, most of those I haven’t discarded hold a memory or take me somewhere I love. I think I might follow up on this theme. What a lovely thing for your friend! We have no idea, do we? What about people who have looked after ailing parents, or partners, for years without a holiday?

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